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and the republicans to do a deal with obama. the simple reason, tom, obama will not agree to any significant spending cut. so why give him any kind of a grand bargain that the press will give him credit for and he can end the year as some kind of victorious guy? if you look at the u.s. deficit is about $4 trillion a year. these tax increases cover about 400 billion. that's 9 or 10%. that's. it the rest of this battle is over entitlements. i mean the democrats could solve this whole thing simply by agreeing to a minor increase, just a two year increase. >> the president did put that on the table and the republicans reject that. the real issue here is there going to be a self-inflicted wound to the economy? the uncertainty here. either way taxes on the wealthy are going up. they'll go up under a deal approved in the last hours which may or may not happen or if it doesn't, there's no deal, then we go over the so-called cliff and the tax goes up there. so either way taxes are going up. >> if the president wanted a deal on entitlements, all he has to do is raise the age from social security to 65 to 67, m
, president obama dressed the -- addressed the nation following a productive and yet failed attempt to strike a deal. he used the weekly address to urge the senate to put together a basic package to protect americans from an income tax hike. >> we can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. >> tomorrow is setting up to be a critical day. house members return and senate leaders are hoping they would be able to offer compromised plan. >>> they will have two days to strike a deal to avoid automatic tax hikes for everyone and also to avoid across-the-board spending cuts. audrey barns has more on that fiscal cliff countdown. >> reporter: lawmakers summoned to the white house for an emergency summit to try to hammer out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff and describe the talks as productive. they didn't produce an agreement. from the senate floor, words of optimism from minority leader mitch mcconnell. >> we're engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house and in hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation. >> reporter:
in slightly more than 24 hours. we're here, we're ready. >> reporter: president obama sitting down for his first sunday morning talk show interview in over three years told nbc it's time for lawmakers to nail down a deal. >> we don't yet see an agreement, and now the pressure is on congress to produce. >> reporter: republicans and democrats going back and forth behind closed doors, working through the night, trying to avoid some of the most painful tax hikes and spending cuts in our nation's history. >> there's still significant distance between the two sides. but negotiations continue. >> reporter: a possible sign of progress came when vice president joe biden rushed back from delaware to the white house to work the phones and reach out to republican senator mitch mcconnell, who he's worked with on many deals over the years. >> we're willing to work with whoever, whoever can help. no single issue that remains an impossible sticking point. >> reporter: if these talks fail overnight, senate majority leader harry reid says he'll push a white house fall back bill, raising taxes only on famili
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